I was feeling fancy and needed something to put on a buffet table at a party (Drag Race All Stars premiere!), so I dug an extremely expired cake mix out of the pantry and whipped up this paragon of elegance and beauty. I was worried that being more than a year past the “use by” date would affect the leavening in the cake mix, but you can see that wasn’t an issue.
This cake turned out really well – moist and delicate with a perfect, subtle balance of flavors.
I love how the inside of this cake looks — tender crumbs mixed with flecks of ground almonds and a little bit of orange zest. So pretty! My whole house smelled good after I baked this.
Because a bundt cake generally doesn’t have a lot of icing on it, the cake has to be awesome all on it’s own. And this one really, really is. But it’s always better to add just a little more sugar in the form of an icing glaze! This is a quick one to mix together – the only trick is to make sure you get the consistency right. Too thin and it runs right off the cake, too thick and it’s goopy and doesn’t drip down the cake in a pretty way. I test the consistency by draping a line of frosting across my fingertip (because then I can lick it off later) and if it stays pretty solid for a few seconds you’re good to go.
I’m glad I get invited to so many events — it gives me the perfect excuse to bake.
I think I just figure out why I get invited to so many events.
Well, it’s a win-win.
This beauty was only outshone by the Drag Race contestants themselves. And I’m okay with being shown up by drag queens.
Try making this one yourself – it’s a perfect afternoon snack with a cup of tea.